Good Morning to the World!
* We have such mild temperatures here in the DC area.
It is so mild that I have a hard time dealing with it. To me, it is totally WRONG when it is 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 Celsius) in December.
I am way too nordic, way too Scandinavian to appreciate those temps this time of the year. I simpy, really, hate it. I know, strong words, but I feel that way. Bring back the cold weather. Bring it back NOW!!
Here are a few pics that I took during my power walk yesterday.
All above pictures are taken with my iPhone and the app Camera +. However they are not edited one bit.
Straight out of Camera +.
* In Stockholm, and in Scandinavia at large, they have the most perfect winter right now.
It is right up my alley. Lots and lots of snow and temps around -15 Celsius, that equals 5 degrees on the Fahrenheit scale. Oh how, I would love it! I miss Stockholm right now. A lot. My sister Sara sent these pics to me yesterday. This is Stockholm as we speak.
You can follow Sara on Instagram where her nick is Baulen. Or you can check it out online right here
All the pics are taken with Sara's iPhone 4. No app. Just the iPhone camera!
Thanks Sara for sharing these!!!
* A lovely Scandinavian hot winter drink is glögg!
Gluhwein you can buy in the US, but it is harder to come by glögg. Glögg is sweeter, and more flavorful, than gluhwein. I make my own glögg, and it is SUPER easy and SUPER good.
Here is the recipe:
5 dl water
2 orange peels
About 15 cardamum seeds
About 20 cloves
Two pieces (maybe 1 and a half inches or so) of fresh ginger root
Three sticks of cinnamon
Let it all boil together on med-lo heat for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes pour the glögg mixture thru a strainer (get rid of all the spices).
Pour a bottle of red win into the glögg mixture, add sugar after your taste, maybe 2-3 dl (about a cup). Be sure not to let the glögg come to a boil. You can add some vodka or cognac to the wine as well if you want it stronger.
Enjoy with almonds and raisins.
In Sweden, glögg is served between the First of Advent until the end of Epiphany.
A true Christmas drink.
* NOW, if I only could figure out how to make my own Julmust (Swedish Christmas Soda).
I have just learned that World Market is not selling Julmust anymore (BIG suprise! NOOOOOT!!!) The only people that bought Julmust were Swedes, and we are not that many in The States, after all. It is sad, but not unexpected. IKEA sells a weak brand that I don’t even feel like buying. BUT, I have heard that you can come by Julmust online. SO, I am looking and I am not giving up....
* I wish you ALL a wonderful, and COLD Tuesday!!!
People of the North, please SEND some ice cold air and snow to my part of the world!!